Summer Courtyard Concerts will be a four-concert series featuring a multicultural slate of music styles and showcasing a diverse lineup of local musicians. These afternoon concerts run approximately 90 minutes each and are free to the public. Food will be served a half hour before showtime. This week we will feature Hartford Steel Symphony.
From Hartford Steel Symphony: Established since 1989, the Hartford Steel Symphony has been providing musical enjoyment around the New England Area for many years. Our musical genre consists of Soca, Calypso, Reggae, Pop, Classical, Gospel and Jazz; all with an island rhythm.
The band is composed of members that have all competed in several years of steel band competitions and musical extravaganzas. With these countless performances, the band has continually finished at the top of the competition. Besides competitive playing, the band has enjoyed playing with celebrity figures in a host of charity, personal and independent events. Among these celebrity performances, we have had the honor of hosting events with Bernadette Peters and Aundrey Hepurn. The band has also performed with other musical tycoons such as The Hartford Symphony Orchestra as well as one of Steels bands greatest panist, Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharp. In addition, the band has provided community entertainment by participating in statewide parades and events such as Hartford First Night, UCONN championship recognition parades and various town music festivals. On a smaller scale, the band has provided private entertainment for many satisfied customers during graduation parties, school assemblies, wedding receptions, Luau’s and many other private events. On a more personal level, while staying in touch with our historical roots, the band proudly participates in the annual Taste of culture and various West Indian Celebrations during the summer months. The band performs under the musical direction of Kelvin Griffith.